25 Jan 2012

Torrential rain tipped to worsen

7:43 pm on 25 January 2012

More heavy rain is forecast for Queensland as residents mop up after torrential rains this week.

Parts of southeast Queensland have been hit with rainfall of more than 400mms over the past couple of days, bringing flash flooding, landslips, road closures and evacuations.

Evacuation centres were opened at Narangba and Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, with about a dozen homes evacuated in Burpengary.

The ABC reports that, in one dramatic incident, a New South Wales family was rescued from floodwaters south of Brisbane after their GPS unit led them down the wrong road.

Two women reported missing this morning near the Glass House Mountains have been found safe after their car was swept off a flooded road on Tuesday night.

Authorities say flooding on the Gold Coast is easing and forecasters have cancelled a severe storm warning that had been in place for Wednesday afternoon.

The heavier falls have now moved into northern New South Wales but parts of Queensland have been warned they can expect more heavy rain over the next two week.

Australia Day celebrations that were to have been held at Brisbane's South Bank have been cancelled because of the bad weather.